Post by Razgriz on May 3, 2018 12:38:36 GMT -5
Torm’s popularity is increasing, particularly in the wake of the events of the Time of Troubles. He benefits from an enthusiastic following
of worshipers who appreciate his unswerving devotion to serving mortals—unusual for a deity—and a number of fighting orders and
paladins who have devoted themselves to the True God. Priests and lay worshipers of Torm together (that is, anyone of his faith)
are known as the Tormish.
The members of the priesthood are known as Tormtar. Most Tormtar are human males, but both sexes are welcome within the faith and
as the numbers of the elf and dwarf peoples dwindle and they increasingly see the vital need for law and order among human communities
to ensure their own survival, people of the Fair Folk and the Stout Folk are embracing the True Faith and the Unbending Way of Torm in
The followers of Torm organize themselves into a three-level hierarchy of worshipers. Length of and quality of service and rank are of
particular importance to the followers of Torm and form the basis of the hierarchy. Specialty priests, called holy champions, make up
40% of the priesthood and often serve as the leaders of the faith. Clerics, crusaders, and paladins makeup 30%, 20%, and 10% of the
remaining clergy members, respectively.
The top level of the hierarchy in Torm’s faith is comprised of the Tormtar, who are arranged in their own strict hierarchy. The second level
of the hierarchy of the faith is comprised of the knightly orders dedicated to Torm. Members of these groups serve as the adventuring and
warrior branches of Torm’s clergy and go on many quests in the service of Torm. The members of this tier are known as the Swords of Torm
and most (if not all) of the Swords are crusaders and paladins in various knightly orders, such as the Order of the Golden Lion, that are allied
with the clergy members but not under their direct command.
The third tier of the hierarchy of the faith comprises the lay followers of Torm. Torm’s faithful Include many warriors and government officials,
among others. Following the Time of Troubles, many have made pilgrimages from all over the Realms to the Temple of Torm’s Coming in
northern Tantras. Torm’s followers are expected to make yearly tithes to the local temple of Torm as they are able. In addition, they must
follow the general religious tenets of Torm as espoused by his clergy.
Temples of Torm are typically citadels of righteousness and are constructed as impregnable fortresses, often high up on a mountain’s
flanks where they command an impressive view of the surrounding terrain. Such castles are often built of white granite and radiate a
continuous, pure light. Statues of lions and armored knights line the halls and the badges of knights who fell in the line of duty decorate
While the gods Helm and Torm may be on good terms, their priesthoods are not. The two faiths have long been engaged in a rivalry, and its
friendliness has been waning over the years, particularly since the Time of Troubles. Tormtar now keep a close eye on all faithful of Helm
they encounter, anticipating betrayal at any time.
Day to day Activities:
Tormish provide training for, give sanctuary to, and lend support (moneys, gear, mounts, armor, and weaponry) to guardians, orders of
paladins and loyal knights, and loyal courtiers across Faerûn and send forth agents to ferret out corruption in such groups and in all courts
and organizations, particularly those who set themselves up as righteous or having a sort of superiority or moral authority. They also watch
for impending trouble (from orc hordes and warlike realms, for instance) and young folk who could be recruited into the service of Torm or
into positions as loyal warriors or bodyguards. On rare occasions, they act militarily against forces of evil, disloyal citizens readying coup
attempts, and thieving or outlaw organizations.
In the Forest Kingdom, the faithful of Torm are generally respected and admired by their sense of duty and loyalty. Even though this is often
the case, questionable incidents surrounding Tormish faithful tend to cause confussion among commoners and adventurers alike. Not only this
afects the outlook of the faith as a whole, but it also serves its rivals and enemies to grow in strength and influence. Thankfully, with dedication
perseverance and unity, the more devout faithful of the Loyal Fury can often put fires down and right most wrongs commited before something
truly scandalous and unbecoming unfolds.
List of known Clergy, Divine Champions and Paladins:
Unproven Tasha Brusheld
Sir Armias Arterian
Lady Dreshae Krisdove
Sir Gaelin Tuare
Sir Holance Tanars
Sir Velisario Chrysosnomos (Deceased)
Morgaine Kri Chia
//OOC: PM your tormish character and I can add him/her to the list.
Recovered from: Faiths & Avatars D&D 2ed.